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Shwenandaw Monastery, Mandalay

Must see · Architectural Building · Religious Site
Made entirely from teakwood with intricately carved facades, Shwenandaw Monastery provides one of the finest examples of traditional 19th-century Burmese architecture. Marvel at the skills of local woodworkers as you inspect intricately carved teakwood doors, screens, and facades with ornate endings pointed towards the skies like countless wooden antennae. Once fully gilted and a part of the Mandalay Royal Palace in Amarapura, the monastery was entirely dismantled and brought to its present location in 1857, where it served as King Mingdon's royal quarters. The monastery’s elaborate four-tiered roof, with each section smaller than the one below it, is adorned with carved mythical creatures, animals, dancers, and depictions of various Buddhist legends. To visit Shwenandaw Monastery on your trip to Mandalay, use our Mandalay trip planner.
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  • Absolutely beautiful would recommend on your trip to Mandalay. Try to go when less tourists are present. Something you would rarely see anywhere else  more »
  • The all wooden teak monastery was built about 1880, in the Kone Bhaung era, and is in an archeological zone. Currently undergoing restoration.  more »
  • An ancient temple with top rate wood carvings. This place is very impressive; do not miss it! Soak in the details of all the carvings  more »
  • The wooden creaking monastry! There’s a decent entry ticket, get one if you have time, because then you need to cherish the wooden delicate detailed carvings! This place can get crowded, so being patient again will get you clear beautiful clicks and memorable moments!
  • Definitely worth going. There is an air of mystic to this place and a solemn feel. Great to see students working to preserve the place.
  • Interesting to see what a neglected monastery looks like. The once glory filled and spiritual energy of this place is evident despite the worn down exterior. Hopefully the country and regional government leaders will continue to restore this historical site and others like it.
  • Beautiful old monastery, it was all wood. Amazing. Worth visiting.
  • A east west dirctions, wooden monastery. So that you might see the sun light through the windows shining on buddha statues and inside rooms. I thing here is the one to make ticket worthy.

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